Break New Ground

A Winning Hand: New and Upgraded ACEs

Bob Rhubart
Community Manager, Oracle Groundbreakers Team

The Oracle ACE Program recognizes members of the Oracle community for the technical expertise and their willingness to share that expertise. There are three levels to the program:

  •   Oracle ACE Associate
    The entry level, ideal for community advocates building their reputations.
  •   Oracle ACE
    For established Oracle advocates who are well known in the community.
  •   Oracle ACE Director
    The top tier, for community members who engage more closely with Oracle

The people listed below have been busy doing what ACEs do, sharing their expertise through social media, blog posts, conference presentations, and all the other activities reflected in the ACEs in Action Blog. For the ACE Directors and ACEs, that means they have earned a level-up from their previous status. For the ACE Associates, that means they've entered into the program, and are now on the path to move up through the ranks.

This batch of ACEs have been confirmed in their new status in the second quarter of 2019. If you know any of these people, or if you see them at a conference (there will be many ACEs at Oracle Code One in September), a little respect is due, don't you think?

Oracle ACE Directors

Oracle ACE Karen CannellKaren Cannell
President, TH Technology
Boston, Massachusetts

A mechanical engineer by degree, Karen has analyzed, designed, developed, converted, upgraded, enhanced, and otherwise improved legacy and commercial database applications for over twenty-five years, concentrating on Oracle technologies since 1994.

Oracle ACE Director Gianni CeresaGianni Ceresa
Managing Director/Owner, DATAlysis GmbH
Lausanne, Switzerland

An OBIEE enthusiast more widely interested in BA/DW/EPM solutions, Gianni has more than 10 years of experience in multiple project roles like architect, analyst, team lead and developer, bridging together the business and the technical side of the Business Analytics world.

Oracle ACE Director Jiang ChengyaoJiang Chengyao
Database Technical Manager, NetEase
HangZhou, China

Jiang’s work focuses on the MySQL kernel and development of cloud database technology. He is the author of two books, Inside MySQL: InnoDB Storage and Inside MySQL: SQL Programming.

Oracle ACE Director Oren NakdimonOren Nakdimon
Database Architect/Developer, Moovit
Tzurit, Israel

With more 20 years of experience with Oracle-based systems as a developer, DBA, manager and lecturer, Oren has gained extensive knowledge about databases in general, and Oracle in particular.

Oracle ACE Director Tony ScaleseTony Scalese
Vice President of Technology, Alithya
Waltham, Massachusetts

An expert on Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management (FDM), Tony’s knowledge is frequently showcased across a number of outlets, including various conferences where he is a regular presenter, webinars, and on his blog.

Oracle ACE Director Francesco TisiotFrancesco Tisiot
BI Tech Lead, Rittman Mead
Verona, Italy

As an analyst, architect and developer, Francesco has built expertise with Oracle's tools in the Analytic and Data Integration areas. His expertise covers Big Data, Dimensional Modelling, ETL and Business Intelligence.

Oracle ACEs

Oracle ACE Alfredo AbateAlfredo Abate
Senior Oracle Systems Architect, Brake Parts Inc LLC
McHenry, Illinois

Alfredo has been an Oracle DBA since 1999 and an Oracle Applications DBA (E-Business Suite) since 2006. Since February 2014 he has been the President of the Chicago Oracle Users Group (COUG) and currently serves on the RAC SIG Board as the Librarian Chair.

Oracle ACE Julien CoudretteJulien Coudrette
Director, Grant Thornton LLP
San Francisco, California

Julien's specialties include Financial Close (Consolidation, Tax Provision, Country-by-Country, Account Reconciliation), Data Integration with ERP and Tax Compliance data sources, and Oracle On-Premise and Cloud solutions.

Oracle ACE Mark DaynesMark Daynes
Managing Director, Beyond Systems Ltd
Manchester, United Kingdom

Mark's interests center around BI, Data Visualization, BIP, OTBI, ODI, and APEX, and now include machine learning and the application of advanced analytics.

Oracle ACE Kai DonatoKai Donato
Senior Consultant, MT AG
Cologne, Germany

Since January 2014 Kai has worked as a consultant for Oracle APEX Development and uses his skills in web development to work on projects with a particular focus on UI and UX as well as PL/SQL.

Oracle ACE Geordan DrummondGeordan Drummond
Product Manager, Alithya
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A 23-year information technology veteran, Geordan has held positions at a number of leading companies. He earned an MBA in Management Information Systems at the Fox School of Business at Temple University, and a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.

Oracle ACE Eugene FedorenkoEugene Fedorenko
Senior Architect, Flexagon
De Pere, Wisconsin

Eugene has over 17 years of experience in information technology with software design and development, testing, and deployment of enterprise banking software. He graduated from Kharkiv Aviation Institute (Ukraine) in 1999 with a master's degree in computer science.

Oracle ACE Ahmed HafezAhmed Hafez
National Practice Manager - Analytics (EPM/BI), DXC Red Rock
Perth, Australia

Ahmed is an Oracle EPM & BI Specialist with over 10 years professional experience in Australia and internationally with clients in mining, oil & gas, education, government, finance and other industries.

Oracle ACE Jon HarveyJon Harvey
Senior Director/EPM Practice Lead, eCapital Advisors
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

An Oracle Certified Expert in both Hyperion Planning and Essbase, Jon oversees the technical aspects of EPM project delivery and managed services.

Oracle ACE Chen LiuChen Liu
Application Maintenance Manager,Travelsky Technology Limited

Chen is responsible for Oracle database for more than 6 years, including SQL tuning performance optimization, SQL review, trouble shooting, and backup and recovery. He holds certifications in Oracle 11g OCM, Oracle 10g/11g OCP, EXIN DevOps Master, and SCJP 1.5.

Oracle ACE Niall McPhillipsNiall McPhillips
Owner/CEO, Long Acre sàrl
Geneva, Switzerland

An Oracle PL/SQL and APEX expert, Niall has been using PL/SQL web technologies since 1995 and Oracle APEX since 2005. He has developed a number of large, multilingual applications for multinational companies and organisations all over the world.

Oracle ACE Samuel NitscheSamuel Nitsche
Software Developer, Smart Enterprise Solutions GmbH
Birkenfeld, Germany

Samuel found his love for database development in the early 2000s, ultimately focusing on Java and PL/SQL. He developed automated, database-driven systems for various customers in the retail industry for several years.

AOracle ACE Adrian Pngdrian Png
Senior Consultant/Database Administrator, Insum

Adrian has spent the last two decades designing and implementing software solutions using a wide variety of programming languages, and has a deep passion for Oracle Application Express.

Oracle ACE Trent SchaferTrent Schafer
Melbourne, Australia

Trent enjoys sharing his expertise in Database App Development, Linux, Virtualization, and Open Source, through his blog an his GitHub profile.

Oracle ACE Associate Lino SchildenfeldLino Schildenfeld
NZ/AU Director, APEX R&D
Australia/New Zealand

Lino developed his first APEX project in 2007. An International conference speaker and APEX webinar series organizer, he is an AUSOUG national committee member, active blogger, and NZ APEX meetup founder.

Oracle ACE Associate Becky WagnerBecky Wagner
Senior Analytics Architect, US-Analytics
Topeka, Kansas

Becky is a Senior BI Architect with over 14+ successful years in IT projects. She is a Microsoft and Oracle Certified professional with a proven history as a team leader with expertise in managing and motivating teams to increase productivity.

Oracle ACE Wei WangWei Wang
Database Architect, Jingdon
Beijing, China

Wei has 10 years of MySQL database operation and maintenance experience, and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of thousands of MySQL database instances.

Oracle ACE Mark WilliamsMark Williams
People-Focused Technology Leader
Orlando, Florida

Mark has more than twenty years’ experience with the Oracle product suite on both Windows and Unix/Linux. He is the author of Pro .NET Oracle Programming (Apress, 2004) and the ODP.NET column in Oracle Magazine.

Oracle ACE Neviana ZhgabaNeviana Zhgaba
Senior Technical Product Manager - Finance EPM, General Electric
Norwalk, Connecticut

Neviana is a Senior Technical Product Manager responsible for defining the multi-year digital strategy and growth plans in the Finance Enterprise Performance Management space for GE Power and GE Renewables.

Oracle ACE Associates

Oracle ACE Associate Joel AchaJoel Acha
Business Analytics Consultant, Elffar Ltd.
United Kingdom

Joel is an independent Business Analytics Consultant with over 20 years working with Oracle products with a focus on Oracle Analytics Cloud and Oracle Business Intelligence product lines.

Oracle ACE Associate Till AlbertTill Albert
Oracle APEX Consultant, MT AG
Dusseldorf, Germany

An Oracle APEX professional with expertise in Database App Development, Mobile, Linux, Virtualization, and Open Source, Till has been working with web technologies since 2010.

Oracle ACE Associate Nick BoronskiNick Boronski
Product Manager - Financial Close & Consolidation, Alithya
Sandy Hook, Connecticut

A regular blogger and active participant in Oracle’s Cloud Customer Connect forums, Nick is a recognized mover-and-shaker in the industry as evidenced by his acceptance into ODTUG’s Leadership Class and now the Oracle ACE program.

Oracle ACE Associate Jay ChapmanJay Chapman
Senior Consultant, Sierra-Cedar
Los Angeles, California

Jay is a functional and technical professional with 15 years of experience working with Oracle’s Enterprise Performance Management, PeopleSoft, and Oracle’s Enterprise Performance Management Cloud.

Oracle ACE Associate Amaranth KothapalliAmarnath Kothapalli
Project Manager, Genpact
Hyderabad, India

Amarnath specializes in architecting, developing and integrating Oracle EPM applications and BI platforms including Essbase, Planning, Financial Reporting, DRM and cloud platforms like PBCS, FCCS and Oracle Analytics Cloud.

Oracle ACE Associate Mariami KupatadzeMariami Kupatadze
Senior Solutions Architect, FlashGrid Inc.
Sunnyvale, California

An Oracle Certified Master since 2016, Mariami has ten years of experience in Database Administration, specializing in Exadata, Oracle Databases, RAC, and other Oracle technologies.

Oracle ACE Associate Christian PequeCristian Peque
Oracle Security Specialist, Onapsis Inc.
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cristian has been working with Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Database since 2007. At Onapsis he is responsible for researching E-Business Suite Security and Oracle Database, and educating companies about EBS Security.

Oracle ACE Associate Diana RobeteDiana Robete
Team Lead/Senior Database Administrator, First4 Database Partners Inc
Calgary, Canada

With over 14 years of experience in the DBA world, Diana's view of the DBA job is different! She shares with her readers her thoughts on the job, real life challenges, and applied and tested scripts and concepts.

Oracle ACE Associate Helen J. SandersHelen J. Sanders
Assistant Director, App Development/Support Services, Student Collaboration Ctr, Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Helen is an accomplished professional with over 20 years experience managing software projects and implementing technology and software, exclusively for Higher Education.

Oracle ACE Associate Erik van RoonErik Van Roon
Oracle Consultant,Eneco
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Erik has been involved in the development of Oracle applications since 1995, originally working with Oracle 6 and Forms 2.3. As the tools have evolved, so has Erik.

Oracle ACE Associate Quanwen ZHaoQuanwen Zhao
Lead Oracle DBA, Taiji Comp Co., Ltd
Beijing, China

Quanwen is a senior Oracle DBA with more than 5 years experience using Oracle Database. His expertise includes Linux Bash Shell, Oracle SQL Script, Oracle Data Guard, Oracle RMAN and Oracle Performance Tuning.

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